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Some teammate praise for Manuel

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2015 – 11:09 am

He helped the team pull out a one-point victory with under two minutes to play, so it’s not surprising that teammates of EJ Manuel felt he showed a lot on Thursday night.

“EJ is a ballplayer,” said Chris Gragg, who caught all three of his passes from Manuel Thursday night. “People have him under a lot of scrutiny, just because he’s got that first round hanging over his head. People want us to win.  But I think he’s a great player.  He proved it out there tonight.  No matter who is in the game, if they’re keeping score we want to win and he got the job done.”

Andre Davis who caught Manuel’s touchdown pass on fourth and goal was taken by Manuel’s cool persona during the most stressful part of the game.

“He was real poised, man,” said Davis. “He’s just a real calm, cool, collected guy. He was very poised and he said we were going to make it happen at the beginning of the drive and he went down there and drove, and made it happen like he said he would.”

Rookie RB Bronson Hill, who capably protected against the blitz liked Manuel’s demeanor in the huddle.

“EJ is a really good quarterback, he’s a good leader,” Hill said. “He kept the huddle in line.  It might have been before that play, or the touchdown, on one of those he told us that you have to make big plays. It’s time for everybody to make big plays, that’s what he told us in the huddle.  He got us riled up.”


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Young backs step up

Posted by Chris Brown on August 21, 2015 – 1:58 am

When Rex Ryan saw number 41 running onto the field with the offense he did a double take Thursday night. Jersey 41 is worn by CB Cam Thomas, who hasn’t participated in training camp due to injury, which was probably why Ryan was doing a double take before it dawned on him that it was one of his newest running backs Cierre Wood. Such was the situation for Buffalo’s offense as Wood was lining up for the first time with the Bills in a live preseason game with all of a couple of walk throughs to work off of.

“I swear I looked at 41 and thought he was DB and then it was, oh okay that’s Wood, bring the wood to them,” said Ryan.

The bottom line Thursday night was that rookies Bronson Hill, Ricky Seale and Wood all performed admirably considering that Hill has been with the team for just about two weeks and Seale and Wood four a couple of days.

“Those three did a nice job for us,” said Ryan. “Tip your hat to all three of those young men. They hadn’t been here long any of those guys. That shows you the kind of coach (running backs coach) Anthony Lynn is. We were walking through right up to game time almost and those young guys did a great job for us.”

“Coach A. Lynn did a good job of coaching up the running backs and putting him in the position where they could go out there and play comfortable. I think one of the running backs it was his first time with us today. He was with us in the walk through yesterday, but it was his first time actually taking a snap with us today. They all managed it well.”

Hill caught the game-winning two-point conversion with 1:31 to play and for the most part the backs proved capable in blitz pickup and other pass protection assignments.

“Those running backs, coach A. Lynn did a great job getting those guys geared up,” said EJ Manuel. “Hill did a great job, Wood did a great job coming in. John Conner he did a great job. Seale he did a great job as well. All those guys pitched in. To come in three days of practice and walk through and help us win on a game winning drive says a lot about those guys.”


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RB Hill can’t believe how things have unfolded

Posted by Chris Brown on August 18, 2015 – 10:42 pm

When undrafted rookie RB Bronson Hill was signed by the Bills it was just Boobie Dixon that was injured. Fred Jackson soon followed with a hamstring injury and there’s been a domino effect at the running back position ever since. Five of Buffalo’s running backs are injured after Karlos Williams (surgical procedure), Bryce Brown (hamstring) and LeSean McCoy (hamstring) have all been sidelined in the last two days. It’s left Hill as the starting back heading into Thursday night’s game against the Browns.

“It’s quite the dream come true,” said Hill. “Two weeks ago I was just sitting on the couch waiting for a call and now I can possibly start an NFL game. It’s what I asked for so now it’s up to me to do something with it.”

Hill has been working hard to learn as much of the playbook as possible, but he still doesn’t know it all.

“The offense is pretty complex and two weeks is a very short time,” said Hill. “Karlos, he went through rookie minicamp and OTAs and things like that. I’m still far behind, but the coaches are working with me and making me understand it, so I should be alright.”


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A few things to know about new RB Bronson Hill

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2015 – 7:53 pm

With Boobie Dixon on the shelf for a few weeks with a calf injury the Bills signed RB Bronson Hill on Thursday. Here are a few things to know about the Eastern Michigan product.

He was originally invited to the New York Jets as a tryout player this past May.

He’s 5-10, 215 pounds.

He averaged 5.6 yards per carry for his career in the MAC conference.

His most productive season was his junior year when he rushed for just over 1,100 yards on 196 carries. He averaged 100 yards rushing per game that season.


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